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Old 01-21-2011, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal
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I love Still Alice, but this one is just okay for me. I was so looking fwd to it so I was disappointed.
Exactly. I was dying waiting for this book to be released, but I should have known from the blurb that it wouldn't have the "oomph" factor that Still Alice had.

I was just saying to my husband last night, when I still couldn't finish Left Neglected, that I must have been so in tune with Still Alice because both my grandparents had Alzheimers, so I related to it at a heartfelt level. Then he said, "Yeah, but your left ankle has been agonizing you for WEEKS! You can barely walk on your left leg!" It's true. Tendinitis, I think it is. It's killing me. But not in the same way that my grandparents' Alzheimers killed me.

ALSO... Even though I haven't finished it yet (30 pages or so to go), I just know that, no matter how it turns out in the end, that it's going to be uplifting ("mind over matter!" and "I can still be a winner!" type thing), which -- to me -- is formulaic, even though that's not Lisa Genova's "formula" from Still Alice.
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Old 01-21-2011, 05:25 AM
 
Location: NW Orlando
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I'm reading "The 9th Judgement" by James Patterson and it's pretty good so far.
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:21 AM
 
Location: maine
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Finished Henrietta's sad tale, on to The Passage.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Finished Henrietta's sad tale, on to The Passage.
As you start The Passage remember to hang in there. It plods for a while until everything starts coming together. It's worth the wait. I think it is a really good book.

Henrietta Lack really is a sad story. What amazes me is that I had never, ever heard anything about HeLa. You would think that something as big as that in the medical world would have gotten some press over the years. I mean, really, this is a huge thing.
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:06 PM
 
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I just started reading Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:01 PM
 
Location: locus amoenus
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Ancient Greece: A Political, Social and Cultural History (by Sarah Pomeroy, Stanley Burstein, Walter Donlan, Jennifer Tolbert Roberts). A great intro textbook to Ancient Greece, thus far. If you already know a lot about the subject matter, it won't say anything new, but it's a very informative overview otherwise and helps you get a clear picture.
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Old 01-21-2011, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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Okay, I finished The Passage. I liked the book itself but I was a bit disappointed in the way he ended it. So obviously a setup for a sequel (yes, I already knew it was the first in a proposed trilogy), and I really think a GOOD author can do the trilogy/sequel thing without making the reader feel cheated of a decent ending for the first in the series. There SHOULD be a way to 'resolve' the story in hand and still leave it open for another. Imo The Passage didn't do that adequately.

I might reread The Earth Abides next.
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Here&There
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Reading a bunch of poetry lately, mostly Pablo Neruda.
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:19 PM
 
Location: FL
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Default Janet Evonovich

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Janet Evonvich start with One for the Money and work your way through to Eleven on Top- she makes me laugh out loud when I read her books!
I agree I have laughed to tears and at the oddest moments too! Nave read through to book 14. Books 1, 6, 7 and 11 stand out for me!
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:09 PM
 
Location: The Jar
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I started one about the Rat Pack, but quickly became disinterested.
The writing stunk!
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